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Des Concerts Filmés by Jérôme Joy

Very excited to be working on the coordination of the project ‘Concerts Filmés’ (Filmed Concerts) by Jérôme Joy.

Joy is a composer who has been active on the international scene of experimental music (electronic, improvised, instrumental and networked) since the beginning of the 1980s. For this project Joy selects locations in and around Saint-Nazaire that normally are improbable or unlikely to be used for music but that are chosen for their specific acoustics for which he creates new compositions.

The concerts are performed without an audience but are filmed to give access to locations that would otherwise be unaccessible and unknown.This gives a new perspective on our daily surroundings and demonstrates that “places are instruments as well.”

A pilot version was created in april-may 2017. The percussion quartet Qwat? (Jean-Christophe Feldhandler, Matéo Guyon, Jérôme Joy, Bruno Lemaître) played Noisense #2 for 4 tam-tams, a work by Jérôme Joy, in the Forges de Trignac. You can see the filmed version here.

To be continued.



Big finds

According to Jérôme Joy, with whom I toured the harbour to visit locations for future art projects, Saint-Nazaire has the tendency to make big things. An early example is the ‘hydravion Richard-Penhoët‘of which only one prototype was build and that had five motors of 420 hp . Today it are the enormous cruise ships and wind turbines of which a floating prototype has been developed. But during our trip we also encountered some intriguing big ‘sculptures’.

Saint-Nazaire report

Some more impressions of Saint-Nazaire. Slowly falling in love with this place.


Saint-Nazaire impressions & conversations

Exploring the city, discovering a rich history, and great tastes – yes that is a golden pecan and it is just from the everyday bakery around the corner.


The first part of ‘Slow-Move’, an art project by Edith Doove and Dominique Leroy has been successfully completed. The first phase took place from 29-31 March 2018 between Plymouth and Saint-Nazaire via Roscoff. Bureau Doove has now landed in Saint-Nazaire where it will further develop the project. The results, amongst others a sound installation by Dominique Leroy, will be presented later this spring. Watch this space – to be continued.

AnneMarie Maes in Beehave


AnneMarie Maes participates with the installation Bee Agency and with the video Variation Games in Beehave, an exhibition curated by Martina Millà at Fundació Juan Miró, Barcelona.

Where are the bees? The mass disappearance of honey bees in recent years has elicited a growing interest in urban beekeeping as a way to re-naturalise cities. The Beehave exhibition project curated by Martina Millà draws on this debate – also among contemporary artists – presenting installations and pieces in a range of different media by local and international artists who invite visitors to engage in sensorial experiences focused on a variety of aspects of the world of bees.

One of Beehave‘s objectives is, as its title suggests, to educate and foster greater knowledge of these insects, thus broadening the boundaries of our perception.

From March to June, a range of local and international artists unfold installations in the Miró Museum and throughout Barcelona. With their actions and interventions they focus on the important role that honey bees and many other insect pollinators play in preserving biodiversity.

The Beehave project features works by the artists Joan Bennàssar, Luis Bisbe, Alfonso Borragán, Joana Cera, Gemma Draper, GOIG (Pol Esteve & Miquel Mariné) & Max Celar, Vadim Grigoryan & Marcos Lutyens, Jerónimo Hagerman, Marine Hugonnier, Anne Marie Maes, Melliferopolis (Ulla Taipale & Christina Stadlbauer), Joan Miró, Anna Moreno, Àlex Muñoz & Xavi Manzanares, Luis Fernando Ramírez Celis, Toni Serra (Abu Ali), Ulla Taipale, Andrés Vial, Pep Vidal and Philip Wiegard.

The exhibition at the Fundació Juan Miró opens February 15th and runs until May 20th.

Parc de Montjuic, 08038 Barcelona
Tues, Wed, Fri 10-6; Thurs 10-9; Sat 10-8; Sun 10-3

Interventions throughout the city 15 March to 17 June 2018

For more info see Beehave

Peter Hulsmans and Maria Gabriëlle in “&”

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The work of Peter Hulsmans investigates the relation with the viewer. It wants to make the elusive elements in this relationship, such as emotions and thoughts, visible. Hulsmans plays consciously with our viewing behaviour and anticipates in an explicit way how the viewer will respond. At the same time the work can be described, according to literary scholar Noël Reumkens as holding back, evasive, scarce, and fragile. Reumkens uses the phrase ‘lessness’ as the work seems to explicitly lack something. Not only in a semantic way but literally, namely physical weight. This lessness, this minimalism, is not meant to add a cultural or artistic value, but exactly to question the expectations of the viewer. The question is not how an art work is supposed to look, but how it manifests itself.

A similar restraint and asceticism can be detected in the work of Maria Gabriëlle although her interpretation is rather more sensitive. Where Hulsmans plays a visual game with the viewer, Gabriëlle wants to create a pictorial poetics. She composes work with ephemeral materials that create an independent micro cosmos.

(From the press release by Danielle Buyssens)

Gallery Praetoria is a non-profit organisation for the arts in Antwerp, specifically focussing on the work of Belgian artists.

The exhibition opens today and runs until 4 March 2018

Praetoria vzw
Pretoriastraat 38
2600 Berchem/Antwerp

Sat-Sun 2-6pm and by appointment

Chris Meulemans – Laurence Plumier – Danielle Buyssens

Dominique Leroy in Under the Sand at Le Lieu Unique


Dominique Leroy currently takes part in the residency ‘Avant la poussière/Before the Dust’ together with Jef Rolez at Le Lieu Unique, Nantes. The residency is the fourth in a series organized by the project ‘Under the Sand’. The first three took place in Gafsa, Tunisia, well-known for its phosphate mining industry. ‘Under the Sand’ was initiated by Wilfried Nail in collaboration with Souad Mani and promotes transdisciplinary and international meetings between artists over a period of three years (2016-19). It wants to valorize the area of Gafsa close to the Tunisian desert through a series of residencies and exhibitions in Tunisia and France hoping to initiate a recurring event – a biennial meeting in which art, scientific research and territory encounter each other.

The territory of Gafsa is turned into an open-air laboratory for artistic research and experiments in collaboration with partners, students, habitants and local artisans, the university and the Governorate of Gafsa. ‘Under the Sand’ takes an ‘archeo-artistic’ look at the territory and interrogates its landscapes in a historical, political, ecological and utopic way. It uses the archeological means of excavation, extraction and filtering to reveal the non-visible of this territory.

Le Lieu Unique will show the third exhibition of the project with Marion Zilio as invited curator and work by Minhee Kim, Dominique Leroy, Amélie Labourdette, Wilfried Nail, Pascale Rémita et Benoit Travers.

For ‘Under the Sand’ Dominique Leroy and Jef Rolez make use of the same creative process as in Tunisia to explore and use the spatial, sound and vibratory components of the space of Le Lieu Unique. Around Lake Gafsa they strained nylon threads to vibrate in the wind and transmitted the frequencies through resonators crafted with found objects (e.g. tins, a truck hose), placed facing the cliff. The installation played with the echo and acoustic ecology of the space – the sound ricochets on the water, the song of the frogs, the rebounds on the cliff.

In Nantes Dominique Leroy and Jef Rolez use the same principle during their residency. Echoing the installation in Gafsa they place a recording device that grafts itself on the architecture and the flows of Le Lieu Unique by exploiting the different skins of the building that separate us from different spaces and the exterior – Plexiglas glazing, metal frames,floors and staircases. Different visible and invisible networks are revealed such as the boiler room, the electromagnetic fields of the neon lamps, the Wi-Fi network. The infrastructure thus becomes a sound instrument. Leroy and Rolez use numerous Wi-Fi modems to transmit sounds and data from one point to another, from one floor to another. The work consists out of the manipulation of the different recordings on the spot; the manufacturing of mechanical, electronic, acoustic and digital devices that work as live handmade instruments. During the exhibition and on the internet, this will result in a kind of ‘listening contact’ with a specific space in the building of Le Lieu Unique.

More images and video to follow next week.

Vernissage 9 February 2018
Exhibition 10-27 February 2018

Tuesday-Saturday 2-7pm; Sunday 3-7pm

Le Lieu Unique, Quai Ferdinand-Favre,
44000 Nantes, France


Nathalie Hunter at ‘Right Back’ and ’20 Years NICC – Jubilee’

Nathalie Hunter currently has a solo show running at Kunst in Huis (Art at Home) in Antwerp. The title of her show – ‘Right Back’ – refers to her returning to a kind of intuitive working that she also used about twenty years ago. The art works in the show can be rented and so far two of them have already.

The show runs until 3rd February at Kunst in Huis, Montignystraat 18-20, Antwerp
Thurs-Fri 1-5.30; Sat 10-4


While one show ends next week another one starts as Hunter will also take part in the exhibition to celebrate 20 years of the artists organisation NICC. The show will be curated by Guillaume Bijl and will bring work of more than 170 artists together.’20 Years NICC – Jubilee’ will only show work on A4 paper by the fine fleur of Belgian art.

Opening 2nd February 19-22pm, Bouwmeesterstraat 3, Antwerp; followed by a party at ‘Het Bos’, Ankersrui 5-7, Antwerp

The show runs until 18th February and can be visited every Sat-Sun 2-6pm

20jaar Nicc postkaart

Bureau Doove presents: Wonder Room at RAAY


Want to learn a new way of dealing with chaos? Come and join one of the unique Wonder Room workshops at RAAY – Royal Adelaide Art and Yoga in Plymouth.

Discover this curious place and former famous pub through a lecture/workshop on problem solving, creative collaboration and idea development.

Examples of presentation and organisation from art history, and the contemporary appropriation of these themes by popular music bands are used in a light and enjoyable way.

Presented by curator, writer and researcher Dr. Edith Doove, creative consultant at Bureau Doove, and member of Transtechnology Research, Plymouth University.



Sunday 4 March 2018



RAAY – Royal Adelaide Art and Yoga

9 Adelaide Street Plymouth PL1 3JE



£25 per workshop

Quality coffee and cake included.

Please bring an everyday household object or office utensil which will be used during the workshop. Also think about your likes and dislikes and consider a specific practical problem you are facing such as your digital organisation.

Place are limited to only 8 places per workshop. Please make use of the form to apply. and choose one of the options.